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23 Streusel-Topped, Frosting-Covered (or Not!) Cakes to Start Your Day

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Most days start like this: Wake up, eat a slice of buttered toast, rush out the door. But ever so often, there are mornings more like this: Wake up, eat cake, be happy (and probably still, let's be honest, rush out the door). These are the days when we have blueberry cake topped with a generous amount or streusel or a loaf practically swimming in brown butter icing leftover from last night's dinner (or prepared just for this very moment).

Which morning is better, you ask? You already know the answer.

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From the lightly sweet to the more heavily frosted, here are 23 breakfast-worthy cakes to bake.

There's fruit, it must be virtuous!

Blueberry Cake with Peanut Streusel
Blueberry Cake with Peanut Streusel
Blueberry Lemon Cake
Blueberry Lemon Cake
Pecorino Romano Cake with Candied Tomatoes
Pecorino Romano Cake with Candied Tomatoes
Olive Oil Ricotta Cake with Plums

Olive Oil Ricotta Cake with Plums by Kenzi Wilbur

Apple Walnut Tea Cake

Apple Walnut Tea Cake by Chad Robertson

Tomato Soup Cake
Tomato Soup Cake
Banana, Coconut, Chocolate Chip Snack Cake
Banana, Coconut, Chocolate Chip Snack Cake
Date, Apricot, and Walnut Loaf Cake
Date, Apricot, and Walnut Loaf Cake
Tipsy Apple-Parsnip Cake with Sultanas and Cider Glaze
Tipsy Apple-Parsnip Cake with Sultanas and Cider Glaze

Is it bread? Is it cake? It's a little of both

Halvah and Nutella Babka
Halvah and Nutella Babka
Applesauce Carrot Bread with Pecan Streusel

Applesauce Carrot Bread with Pecan Streusel by fiveandspice

Anna Jones' Seeded Banana Bread with Lemon Sesame Drizzle

Anna Jones' Seeded Banana Bread with Lemon Sesame Drizzle by The Curious Pear

Dark Chocolate and Walnut Zucchini Bread
Dark Chocolate and Walnut Zucchini Bread
Brown Butter and Butternut Loaf
Brown Butter and Butternut Loaf
Coconut Quick Bread
Coconut Quick Bread

A cake by any other name

Blueberry Cake Donut Bars
Blueberry Cake Donut Bars
German Chocolate Cake Doughnuts
German Chocolate Cake Doughnuts
Puffy and Fluffy Ricotta Pancakes with Orange and Fig

Puffy and Fluffy Ricotta Pancakes with Orange and Fig by Sarah Jampel

Brown Butter Waffle Cake + Sorghum Meringue Buttercream

Brown Butter Waffle Cake + Sorghum Meringue Buttercream by Beth Kirby | {local milk}

Welsh Cakes
Welsh Cakes

Finally, when only straight-up cake will do

New England Spider Cake
New England Spider Cake
Cold Oven Pound Cake
Cold Oven Pound Cake
Speculoos Breakfast Cake
Speculoos Breakfast Cake

What dessert do you like to pretend is breakfast? Tell us in the comments below!


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